Adventures around Glasgowwith PlusBus
Highland cows roaming through wooded parkland, dinosaur skeletons near the University cloisters, ornate tombs in a hilly Victorian necropolis... Glasgow has some extraordinary sights and you can easily reach them by bus. Just ask for PlusBus when you buy your train ticket (or show your train ticket at the station to buy it when you get there) and you can have unlimited bus travel all over Glasgow all day.
1. Pollok Park
With hundreds of acres of riverside gardens, Highland cows, beech woods, lawns and rhododendrons, Pollok Park is a delightful destination. There’s a stately home to explore too with a maze of fascinating servants’ quarters and the recently-extended Burrell Collection, which houses all kinds of treasures from Egyptian pots to impressionist paintings. Ask for PlusBus when you buy your train ticket to explore Glasgow all day by bus.
- How do I get to Pollok Park by bus? From Glasgow Central Station, take the exit onto Union Street and turn right. Cross over Argyle Street and keep straight into Jamaica Street to find the bus stop. Catch bus 57 or bus 57A to Christian Street. Get off and cross over the road.
- Walk under the railway bridge into Pollok Park. For a very pretty walk to Pollok House, keep on past a lodge house and fork left to stay close to the river.
- Follow this path beside White Cart Water, past the old stables, to reach the gardens of Pollok House. You can find gazebos, well-kept hedges, flowerbeds, elegant Polloktoun Bridge and the Edwardian Kitchen café.
- Follow signs through the park to reach the fabulous Burrell Collection and fields of Highland cows.
2. Explore the Necropolis
It may sound like a strangely macabre place to wander, but this hilly Victorian cemetery is one of the city’s finest architectural treasures. The tombs of Glasgow Necropolis are impressive monuments of all shapes and sizes with great views across the cathedral as you explore the atmospheric paths. In the same area of the city, you can visit Glasgow Cathedral, the St. Mungo Museum Of Religious Life & Art and Provand’s Lordship, Glasgow’s oldest house.
- How do I get to Glasgow Necropolis by bus? Bus 38, bus 38B, bus 57 and others run, frequently between them, from Waterloo Street, near Glasgow Central, past Glasgow’s Queen Street railway station to St James Road, a couple of minutes’ walk from Glasgow Cathedral.
- Walk towards the imposing buildings of Glasgow Royal Infirmary at the end of the road and skirt right around it to find the cathedral. To the right, you can see the turrets, high walls and arched windows of St Mungos Museum.
- Just before St Mungo’s you will find an ornate wrought iron gate on the left, which leads to the necropolis. Winding paths among the crosses, urns and obelisks lead up onto the hill, with its fabulous views across the city.